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Growing Disability Council Highlights Importance of 400 Delegates with Disabilities

Philadelphia, July 27 – With 400 delegates self-disclosing a disability, the Disability Council is growing. Along with Disability Action for Hillary, the Council is energizing Americans with disabilities during the Democratic National Convention. “Our goal is to get as many people all over the country involved with the campaign,” former California…

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Harkin Highlights ADA at DNC in Show of Disability Inclusion, Pushes for Competitive Integrated Employment

Philadelphia, July 27 – The second night of the DNC began with a tribute to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which was celebrating its 26 years since it was signed into law. In doing so, it answered some disability activists’ criticisms that while the DNC has highlighted and included…

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Frank Discussion on Mental Illness, Drug Addiction at DNC

Philadelphia, July 26 – The first night of the DNC had a section focusing on “Combating Substance Abuse” featuring New Hampshire mother, Pam Livengood, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and singer-songwriter Demi Lovato. Livengood, a Keene, New Hampshire resident whose daughter became addicted to pain medication following the birth of her…

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Disability Rights Advocate Anastasia Somoza Takes Center Stage at DNC

Philadelphia, July 26 – Following a video which highlighted what many see as Donald Trump’s mockery of a disabled New York Times reporter, disability activist Anastasia Somoza rolled onto the DNC stage in her power wheelchair and spoke about her friendship with Hillary Clinton and the Clinton family, a relationship…

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Gov. Malloy Opens DNC by Owning his Own Disabilities

Philadelphia, July 25 – “I am here today to tell you a story of hope,” Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy said at the 2016 Democratic National Convention, before speaking about his life and experiences as a person with multiple disabilities. “It’s a story of a young boy with physical and severe…

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Kaine Has History of Working to Help People with Disabilities

Philadelphia, July 24 – Presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and her pick for Vice President, Sen. Tim Kaine, hit the stage for the first time in Miami on Saturday. Kaine spent much of his speech during their first joint appearance highlighting both his and Clinton’s experience fighting for civil rights…

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How do Convention Goers at the RNC with Disabilities Feel about Trump and Republican Party?

Note: RespectAbility, a nonpartisan nonprofit, is attending both conventions. We sought out attendees with disabilities to hear their thoughts about the convention. In this piece, we take a look at their opinions about Republican nominee Donald Trump, the Republican Party as a whole and the policies they would like to…

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Who is Brock Mealer, the Motivational Speaker with a Disability, who Spoke Thursday Night at the RNC?

Cleveland, July 22 – “Mr. Trump, welcome to the club,” Brock Mealer said excitedly while standing at the podium of the Republican National Convention on Thursday night. The club he is referring to is the group of people who can say they overcame one percent odds and achieved success. According…

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RNC Delegates with Disabilities Talk Accessibility

Note: RespectAbility, a nonpartisan nonprofit, is attending both conventions. We sought out attendees with disabilities to hear their thoughts about the convention. In this piece, we take a look at physical accessibility concerns. Cleveland, July 22 – While disability rights have not been discussed during the Republican National Convention, delegates…

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Eric Trump Says Father is Running for Families with Special Needs Children: Voters Waiting on Plan Details

Cleveland, July 21 – Eric Trump had one message to the Republican National Convention last night – his father is “running for you” – and, for the first time since the convention began Monday afternoon, his speech included America’s largest minority group – people with disabilities. “To single mothers, to…

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